Archive for April 2010
Austrian economist Milton Friedman deconstructs a common objection to capitalism:
Stephen Prothero, religion Professor at Boston University, deconstructs the reductionistic idea that all religions are fundamentally they same.
Amazing composite picture of the most recent solar eclipse. Note the detail on the moon and the magnetic affect on the solar flares emanating from the sun.
Apparently, Google Streetview is also logging your Wifi information and MAC addresses. This is not good if you care at all about privacy. I certainly hope they reconsider publishing this information later this year.
Stephen Hawking presents argumentation that belief in aliens is rational, mathematical. If I affirmed macroevolution, I think I would be in agreement with Hawking on this point.
Incredible photos from Iceland and the eruption of Eyjafjallajokull volcano.
The Washington Times on “Financial Fascism”
“How Goldman Sachs Screwed Ghana” Goldman Sachs has a number of folks in the Obama administration: Gary Gensler (Chairman of the Commodity Futures Trading Commission); Mark Patterson (former Goldman lobbyist and Chief of Staff to Treasury Secretary Tim Geithner); Robert Hormats (Undersecretary of State for Economic, Energy, and Agricultural Affairs); Stephen Friedman (former COO and Chairman of the Board of Goldman Sachs [he still sits on the board] now Chairman of the United State’s Presidents Foreign Intelligence Advisory Board); Henry Paulson (former CEO of Goldman Sachs, former Treasury Secretary, and chief architect of the nationalization of crappy securitized debt). It should be noted that George W. Bush had deep relationships with Goldman Sachs.
And for your viewing pleasure, here is Senator Carl Levin (D-MI) skewering a Goldman Sachs Executive on one of Goldman Sach’s self-proclaimed “shitty deals,” it happened to be some CDOs:
This lecture focuses on Christianity’s response to Nietzsche and the problem of Foucault.
I. Recapping Nietzsche’s objections to Christianity:
A. Intellectually impossible
B. It demeans humanity
C. Its morality is fatal to life
II. In Christianity’s Place are Nietzsche’s Affirmations:
- Be a free-spirit
- Be curious
- Be nomadic
III. Christian Responses
Dostoevsky – Brothers Karamazov
Blaise Pascal – Pensees
Francis Schaeffer – true/livable
IV. The Problem of Foucault
V. Talking Points
A. Is the Nietzschean worldview true?
B. Is the Nietzschean worldview livable?
C. Does Foucault present a problem for Nietzsche’s worldview?
D. Does Nietzsche really understand Christianity?
Doug Wilson tackles neo-cons and gives some analysis on the conservative spectrum as well as some analysis on Ron Paul. On a side note, if you are a registered Republican and don’t know what a neo-con is, you probably are one, and you probably aren’t really a conservative either. I don’t intend to be mean here, but please inform yourselves of the nasty sub-current in Washington that has hijacked the GOP.
Logos is offering free Greek and Hebrew paradigm charts! Oh, how I wish they would have released these 5 years ago. It would have saved lots of tiny writing.
Apparently, Iran will have nuclear ICBM capabilities by 2015. Not sure why we aren’t doing something about this…
Article from a libertarian writing about the Icelandic free state, who from 930-1262 had virtually no government and where the private market supplanted everything from executions to fire fighting. (HT: Phill Graham)
Lookout British friends… Nick Clegg is the new Obama
Article comparing the relative birthrates among secularists (~2.1 in the West) and religious fundamentalists (~5+). Time and some basic Algebra 2 will tell you that religion isn’t going anywhere (for better and for worse).
Matt Perman has a nice article on how not to motivate people in the workplace.